Providence preps for weekend snowstorm


City of Providence Prepares for First Major Snowfall of Season

– Providence residents are advised to begin making preparations for the winter storm forecast for tomorrow and Sunday. Snowfall is forecast to begin in the late afternoon tomorrow, peaking in intensity during the evening hours with 3-6 inches of snow before turning to sleet and rain early Sunday.

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm.

At this time, a citywide parking ban has not been declared in the City of Providence.

However, residents with overnight parking permits are reminded that they are responsible for removing their cars from the street during a parking ban. Providence residents with City-issued overnight parking permits should begin planning today for alternative parking arrangements in the event a parking ban is issued for tomorrow evening.

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League track meet originally scheduled for 12PM tomorrow has been rescheduled to begin at 9AM at the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house.

Property owners are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, catch basins, fire hydrants and pedestrian ramps adjacent to their property within 8 hours after snow stops falling. Residents are asked to take care not to shovel snow onto roadways after streets have been plowed. Fines ranging from $20 to $500 will be imposed on residents not in compliance.

By City Ordinance, businesses and residents must not place snow removed by plowing or shoveling into public roadways and sidewalks. Fines ranging from $20 to $500 will be imposed on residents not in compliance.

Motorists are advised not to double park on streets, and not to park within eight feet of fire hydrants. Blocking fire hydrants and causing any delay of fire, police and other emergency vehicles is a serious public safety hazard.

For fire safety purposes, residents are urged not to rebury fire hydrants after they have been dug out.

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Residents are asked to closely monitor snow accumulation on business and residential buildings. Heavy snow can add stress to structures. Flat, commercial roofs are most vulnerable to stress, but slanted structures may also be susceptible. Residents should take reasonable precautions to monitor their homes and businesses and safely remove snow from roofs as necessary.

Residents should stay tuned for any additional delays and cancellations.